By Brittany Monbarren
A breakdown, flat tire, dead battery or accident can happen to anyone at any time. What you have in your car can make all the difference between getting back on the road safety or dealing with a stressful and potentially dangerous situation. Fortunately, there are a number of safety gadgets and technology that can help better prepare you for any bumps in the road. Whether the problem is a flat tire, a dead battery or something you can temporarily fix, we’ve provided you with a list of gadgets and technology you shouldn’t leave home without.
Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced the ominous silence of a dead car battery, but this powerful jump starter pack can charge you up in a pinch. The Cobra JumPack is one of the most compact and portable power pack, offering dual capabilities of jump starting your vehicle and charging your mobile device. This device is great to have on hand in an emergency.
Resqme Car Escape ToolOriginally developed for first responders, this 2-in-1 safety and survival tool allows you to cut a jammed seatbelt and to break car windows in case you or someone else is trapped after an accident.
HONK is a free on demand roadside assistance app. It has more than 45k tow truck partners nationwide, and flats can be fixed in as quickly as 30 minutes. All you have to do is open the app, share your location information, and the kind of help you need. This service is available 24/7.
Get your car talking with Automatic. This device plugs into just about any car’s on-board diagnostics port and records all kind of data about your car. The Automatic adapter, which pairs with your smartphone, can diagnose engine problems, remember where you parked and can even help in an emergency.
Air. We can’t live without it. And, neither can your vehicle’s tires. The Accutire Tire Pressure Gauge is a handy programmable digital gauge that helps keep your tires in good shape. It has a large, easy-to-read LCD display, equipped with automatic shutoff to prevent deflation, and an angled head and rubber coated handle for easy gripping.
If your car is stranded by the side of the road, it’s critical to give other drivers as much warning as possible. The First Alert LED Emergency Beacons are a much safer alternative to traditional flares. The beacons are weather resistant, compact and lightweight and battery powered.
This app has Uber-like visibility and a flat rate pay-per-use pricing. Urgent.ly uses thousands of trusted service provid-ers nationwide to get drivers back on the road quickly with immediate help and no annual fees. You’ll see nearby help, pick a service, and watch help arrive in real-time.
Flat tire? No problem! The ResQ Tire Repair Kit can reinflate your tire and temporarily repair a puncture up to 6 mm wide. This easy-to-use gadget offers the most comprehensive tire repair solution with the integration of a compressor and sealant bottle